Oppo Digital is best known in the video (and audio) world for their high-performance universal players that plays all the disc formats available. They are ubiquitous for those who want a no holds barred player. And at reasonable prices too. Over the years Oppo players have been considered industry standards well received by consumers and reviewers alike.
It thus comes at a surprise to us that their latest product announcement involves a product that does not spin a disc! But then it is also not surprising either given that this market segment is so hot it is exploding through the roof and everyone wants to be in the act so as not to miss the bandwagon. We are of course talking about headphones! And Oppo recently announced that they will launch the PM-1, a Planar Magnetic headphone that will rival the best in the industry no less.
And also not surprisingly Oppo have produced something pretty unique to distinguish themselves from the rest of the crowd. The planar magnetic driver is an exclusive design and unique among the current planar magnetic headphones on the market with many years of research by chemical and material scientists, according to Oppo. It uses an FEM optimized magnet system with very high energy Neodymium magnets. The magnets are arranged concentrically and positioned evenly to distribute a symmetric magnetic field. The magnetic system and conductor patterns are optimized for maximum driving force and consistency over the radiating area. The double-sided diaphragm has 7 layers of extremely thin materials, each doing a specific job to ensure not only good performance but also reliability.
Oppo has not announced the price yet. We will endeavor to do a full review as soon as the PM-1 is released.
You can get more info from Oppo Digital’s product release.